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The Wartime Book Club by Kate Thompson #Review

  The Wartime Book Club is a marvellous historical novel set on Jersey in World War Two. Written by Kate Thompson , it was published by Hodder $ Stoughton on February 13th. Jersey, 1943. Once a warm and neighbourly community, now German soldiers patrol the cobbled streets, imposing a harsh rule on the people of the island. Grace La Mottée, the island's only librarian, is ordered to destroy books which threaten the new regime. Instead, she hides the stories away in secret. Along with her headstrong best friend, postwoman Bea Rose, she wants to fight back. So she forms the wartime book club: a lifeline, offering fearful islanders the joy and escapism of reading. But as the occupation drags on, the women's quiet acts of bravery become more perilous - and more important - than ever before. And, when tensions turn to violence, they are forced to face the true, terrible cost of resistance . . . Based on astonishing real events, The Wartime Book Club is a love letter

Into the Silent Sea by Claire Stibbe #Review


 Into the Silent Sea by Claire Stibbe was published in October 2018 by Noble Lizard Publishing. It is a psychological thriller, just right to keep you on the edge of your seat.
 
Dangerous is one thing. Deadly is something else. 

When Clodagh Shepherd's curiosity gives way to obsession, her thoughts turn to revenge. In the wake of her husband's affair and subsequent disappearance, Clo makes an impulsive decision to befriend the beautiful stranger who has stolen her life. Answering an ad for a home help, she moves into the home of her husband's mistress and is immediately drawn into the chilling reality behind the idyllic façade of Hamptons life. Central to her terrifying nightmare is a deadly secret--a secret someone will kill to keep. In this dark and twisting thriller, Clo proves the adage 'hell hath no fury like a woman scorned' with shocking consequences.

My Thoughts

 What an interesting read this turned out to be. It was fairly shocking from the outset and turned out to be anything but unpredictable. I did feel a bit unsettled that I wasn't able to like any of the main characters, not even Clodagh. She was certainly well drawn and you got inside her mind to an extent but I never did get the handle on her. I never knew quite what she had planned! Having started out loathing Ryan, I did come to see that he too was more complex than at first appeared. 

    This is a story which draws you in and tightens its grip as all the options seem to be running out. Betrayal, love, deceit, revenge, secrecy, deception- they are all there in spades. The charmed life in the Hamptons turns out to be a facade only. Behind the closed doors, it is an ugly and terrifying place. By the the world view feels like a sick, twisted, dark place, in contrast to the beautiful surroundings and ominously calm sea outside. 

In short: Beware the sharks lurking in the shadows!

About the Author



Claire Stibbe is the author of the Detective Temeke Crime series - The 9th Hour, Night Eyes, Past Rites, Dead Cold, Easy Prey. Winner of the New Mexico/Arizona Book Awards for crime mystery, silver medal winner of The Wishing Shelf Book Awards, her books have also been Amazon bestsellers, reaching the #1 spot in the top 100.

She is also a reporter for Stand True 4 Blue, which features a Nationwide Newsletter dedicated to law enforcement, a member and graduate of the Citizen Police & BSCO Sheriff’s Academy. A former journalist and magazine editor, she now lives in Utah with her husband and son.

These books provide donations towards the counseling of single mothers after suffering from domestic violence and post-traumatic stress.

Find out more about Claire at her Website  or by following her at Twitter.

You can sign up to Claire's new release mailing list  here.  

Book link: Amazon UK

Thanks to Claire, Noble Lizard Publishing and Anne Cater of Random Things Tours for a copy of the book and a place on the tour.


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  1. Thanks so much for your fabulous Blog Tour support Pam x

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  2. Thank you so much for reading and reviewing! Incredibly grateful for all your support.

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